We greet the new year in the festive company of the DR Big Band and Curtis Stigers on 8 January 2016. This is bound to be a brilliant concert which oozes the spirit of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where Frank Sinatra and Count Basie's Orchestra passed their lives in the middle of the 1960's. Now the great evergreens of the 1950's and 1960's are revived, including ’Fly Me To The Moon’ and ’I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.
The solo artist of the evening is Curtis Stigers – the closest you get to Frank Sinatra himself. Few performers are able to take the stage like him and create a rapport with the audience so that they feel welcome!
For quite some years, Curtis Stigers has stood out as one of the most original jazz singers alive. With his easily recognisable voice he explores the unknown and thus pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz.
It is Stiger's specialty to fuse different genres, which brings a new meaning and sound into his interpretations. "I want to follow in the footsteps of my heroes. That is what Ella and Billie Holiday did. That is what Sinatra and Nat Cole did. Even Miles and Coltrane did so – and nearly all the greatest jazz musicians have done this. They took the most popular songs of their generation and turned them into something new", Stigers says.
Some of his greatest hits include his versions of ’I Wonder Why’ and ’You're All That Matters To Me’, which have featured on the Top Ten charts in Britain as well as the U.S.
Historically speaking, the DR Big Band has enjoyed an international status that is rare for Danish ensembles, and the band aspires to get that status back – they simply want to become the leading big band in Europe and the very flagship of Danish jazz.
The band boasts a superior musical expression, whether it works with the greatest international stars or creates radically innovative projects. DRBB performs all over the country, and moreover a number of concerts are broadcast on P8.